Xaviera Simmons
Underscore and Open


Wednesday, March 12, 6:00 p.m.
SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

Xaviera Simmons's body of work spans photography, performance, video, sound, sculpture and installation. Rooted in an ongoing investigation of experience, memory, abstraction, and present and future histories that specifically shift notions surrounding landscape, her studio practice is defined as cyclical rather than linear. In other words, Simmons is committed equally to the examination of different artistic modes and processes. For example, she may dedicate part of a year to photography, another part to performance, and other parts to installation, video, and sound works—keeping her practice in constant and consistent rotation, shift, and engagement.  

Simmons received a BFA from Bard College after spending two years of walking pilgrimage retracing the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade with Buddhist Monks. She completed the Whitney Museum's ISP in Studio Art (2005) while simultaneously completing a two-year actor-training conservatory with the Maggie Flanigan Studio. Simmons's major exhibitions and performances include the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut; Museum of Modern Art, New York; New National Museum of Monaco; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and SculptureCenter, New York. Simmons is a recipient of countless awards and fellowships, and her works are in the collections of UBS; Deutsche Bank; Guggenheim Museum, New York; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Studio Museum in Harlem.

Xaviera Simmons [MP3]

Xaviera Simmons, David Castillo Gallery
Xaviera Simmons Interview with Art Pulse Magazine
Living History: Xaviera Simmons and Archive as Impetus, MoMA exhibition, 2013
Radical Presence, Gray Art Gallery & Studio Museum Harlem exhibition, 2013


Xaviera Simmons, Underscore, 2013, performance, installation, and digital video, dimensions variable. 
Commissioned by the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Xaviera Simmons, Archive as Impetus, 2013, performance. 
Commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art
Xaviera Simmons, Superunknown (Alive In The), 2010, color photographs/installation, dimensions variable. 
Commissioned by MoMA PS.1
Xaviera Simmons, Maps, 2010, 40 x 50 inches. Xaviera Simmons, On Balmy Terrain, 2012, wood, paint, and screws Xaviera Simmons, On Sculpture #2, 2012, color photograph, 40 x 50 inches.